The course With FitYou, you can opt for three different programmes: the Just Lazy 12-session package, the 24-session Super Lazy package, or the Extremely Lazy 30-session package. I opt for Just Lazy.
The promise Your trainer aims to plan your sessions to perfectly ‘Fit You,’ and achieve whatever it is you want. I’m aiming to shape up, lose a kilo and gain more energy.
Step by step Each session is similar, yet a different mix. I start with a seven-minute warm-up on the cross trainer. Nemanja, my Serbian trainer, and I then work through a series of warm-up exercises: rotating the head side to side and so on. I then work through three sets of three exercises, three times each. Nemanja pre-plans each session’s focus (and keeps fastidious notes of my progress), whether it be the upper or lower body, cardio (thankfully not so often), or body-building. Regular exercises include lots of upper and lower ab curls on a mat, using light to heavy weights to tone up arms and shoulders, plus lunges and squats, press-ups and pull-ups. The worst exercises for me are the planks on alternating legs, and burpees. During each 45- to 60-minute workout, Nemanja (and later Sasa, his colleague, pictured) never shouts, instead encouraging me.
The results While I have become stronger and have more energy after my 12 sessions, more importantly, my ‘form’ has improved, according to Nemanja: I’m doing each exercise in the right way. Also, I receive comments from friends that my arms have toned up. Hurrah!
Pros • Sessions take place wherever and whenever is convenient for you, and are each individually planned. • One-on-one training ensures you perform the exercises correctly – and that you do them! I certainly wouldn’t have completed as many planks without supervision.
Cons • Personal training sessions are never as cheap as group classes. However, they are a worthy investment for those who truly value their wellbeing.
Kostas Kopsinis A certified personal trainer specialising in MMA, body sculpting and more. Diet and nutrition plans are also available. Dhs250 per session. Various locations (050 422 7532).
Original Fitness Co. This established company offers services including personal training, and can come to your home, office, gym or any outdoor location. From Dhs270 per session. Various locations, www.originalfitnessco.com (04 311 6571).
Regime Fitness This company will train you solo, or with a partner or friend. You can train in your own home, or at one of the partner gyms around town. From Dhs250 per session. Various locations, www.regime.ae (055 919 7052).